Kawhi rejected LeBron and used the Lakers for leverage – Pablo Torre | High Noon

Pablo Torre weighs in on Kawhi Leonard’s secret moves during free agency that resulted in Paul George being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the LA Clippers.

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  1. Raptors Fans from Toronto and across Canada truly Thank Kawhi Leonard and Danny Greene for guiding our team to its first title, You have sparked something up here in Canada like never before. So Thank You and to all Clipper fans win the rivalry battle in LA!! take that throne from the Lakers!!

  2. Kawhi rejected Lebron but KD, Kyrie, AND Jimmy Butler all rejected Kawhi. Lebron can't win, if Kawhi goes to the lakers than Lebron would be accused of recruiting and forming a super team. But Kawhi joined the Clippers and the media is spinning it into "no superstars will play with Lebron"

  3. This is the same "humble" motherfucker you guys didnt even care about last year.. he wasnt even voted in to all star games.. just like canada to catapult someone's career and they use and dip. Where were these bandwagon fans in 2018 year? Lol.

  4. Kawhi when asked about staying or leaving Toronto during the year: "I want to focus on my team and I am not worried about that right now"

    Same kawhi: colluding with people he doesnt even know, like KD and Kyrie, 10 months before offseason


  5. Clearly Kawhi wants to team up with another superstar in Clippers. He called KD, Kyrie, and PG one by one. How would Lakers react if they knew Kawhi's priority at the first place? Lakers is aware of the risk, but their strategy may be different given the information. It's the information he kept in dark gave him an advantage. And yes, he did use Lakers as a leverage, but that is just a good business move.

  6. These guys are pretty bad, but nothing is as bad as Ryan Hollins. Again, Ryan Hollins is the worst sports commentator in the history of sports, including ancient Greek and Roman sports.

  7. I like the idea that most of LeBron's Haters have said that he's done at age 35…….hmmm,……I can't wait for the start of the season….I can't wait for next year playoffs…..Remember, you all want to see the demise of LeBron……Well, just pray that Zion becomes the face of the League in the coming years……because I don't see anyone of that ilk around the league….not even Kawhi….TV ratings….may crumble…

  8. No one predict that the raptors will win the championship! If the klaw win again this 2020 champ, then i will buy his shoes.. Hehe

  9. What Kawhi did was utilize his leverage as a top tier FA. That was not about 'power', it was about strategy. He wanted to make sure he could play with another top tier FA. So how would he do that? Easy, inform teams you will sign if they land that said player and wait it out. Clippers made a move for PG, Sam Presti complied without a fight and as a result, Clippers got Kawhi in the end. Toronto did not have the adequate assets to land PG, regardless of what the narrative is. Lakers were NEVER in play. The media just painted that narrative because it is in LA, Kawhi's home.

  10. It's easy to see why NBA players are criticized for something like never playing defense, given the lack of appreciation for Westbrook's game. 16 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, would be a great addition for a lot of teams. People at ESPN who appreciate triple double's, appreciate Westbrook's game, but most people don't care. RW's contract is like Damian Lillard, who is a bit younger, getting 4 years right now at $170 million instead of $200 million.

    $30 million dollar discount. Period.

  11. No one wants to play Lebum. The guy is not a team player and he’s toxic. Every team he’s gone to hes traded away all his players The guy is not a good leader period. I can already seee him throwing fits just because his teammates aren’t playing well, Like he did with jr. smith… when lerbon was the one who wanted jr. smith and then they had a fallout. The dude is just toxic and the biggest man baby.

  12. "got more than any team got for anyone"? So getting a lottery 4th round pick, 2 other 1st round Picks, 2 players who were 2nd picks in the latest drafts and also Josh Hart is not equal or better?
    Ingram who has an upside as good or better than Doncic, watch out for him next season because in his mind, and rightfully so, he's THE Star in New Orleans… That's why I don't watch this snowflakes talk, what does the opinion of an Asian teenager and a dude that talks like he doesn't know shit about what is talking have to be better of any of the regular youtube dweller?

  13. kawhi overated, the raptors was the number 1 seed the year before he came, LeBron had left the east and the golden state warriors had injuries to their 2 star players.  many teams could have beaten such an injured warrior team.  the clippers failed to see this obvious fact and only saw what they wanted to see, which is the outcome.  the lakers could have won big if they spent the money wisely but instead they paid 30 million for danny green and danny green isn't worth no where near 30 million.

  14. if yall REALLY think about it.. this is brilliance
    PG13 wanted 2 play in LA
    finds out BronBRon is going so he stays in OkC
    Kawhi Legend wants 2 play in LA, not with Bron
    gets PG13 2 come home 2 a great coach and owner
    so they go 2 LA 2gether, 2 build on their OWN LEGACY, not 4 a false King

  15. Another "analyst" trying to make up stories.. C'mon guys.. don't you have anything else to talk about? This was news 5 days ago.. the trade has been done. Kawhi is in clippers. You analyst just jealous coz the one player you wanted for your team never wanted to play with you.

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